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How are other entertainers treated compared to actors and prostitutes in the antiquity period?

Asked by yaujj48 (1176points) 2 months ago
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I have read that actors and prostitues are seen lowly than the average person since they are ‘selling their bodies’ for money, this included the gladiators who had not much rights in exchange for fame and money.

So I wonder about other entertainers like theater producer, musicians, writers purely for entertainment etc are treated compared with the ‘lowly’ class during the antiquity period?

Of course, you can use Rome as an example.

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janbb's avatar

Sounds like a good research project!

Dutchess_III's avatar

Why do YOU think prostitutes ect are treated as lesser people (but not the men who use them)?

LifeQuestioner's avatar

I don’t have any data to back this up, but I would think people who use their skills that are not related to physical attributes are less likely to suffer the way of actors and actresses. A writer, unless they get to the point of starting not to have a sharp mind anymore, is going to write just as well at the age of 70 as at the age of 20, actually probably better from all of their experience. Same case using the example of a musician, assuming that they are physically still able to play up to the level that they have all along. And if so, they have probably improved with age.

janbb's avatar

@LifeQuestioner Are you talking about status during antiquity as the OP asked?

LifeQuestioner's avatar

@janbb I must confess that I missed that piece of the question, but yes, I would say that they maintain their status. I would think they would be looked up to even more as they would have that many more accomplishments under their belt. And maybe not physically, but I think actors and actresses that have been around a long time also probably maintain their status just based on all the film credits that they have at that point. That’s assuming that they’re a good actor in the first place.

Dutchess_III's avatar

(They didn’t have film in antiquity…)

Dutchess_III's avatar

To the OP: Watch The Gladiator with Russel Crow.

MrGrimm888's avatar

I suspect such people were just different versions of what we have today.
Dutch. It IS illegal for a “john.”
It IS enforced.

I would think that regardless of your profession, you are “selling your body.” Your back. Your eyesight. Your sex life. Your everything, sometimes depends on how you survive.

Everything is just more transparent now.

Dutchess_III's avatar

@MrGrimm888 be that as it may, Johns aren’t treated with nearly the same contempt as prostitutes.

janbb's avatar

This question has gotten seriously derailed.

Dutchess_III's avatar

The question was pretty unanswerable @janbb, especially since the OP went MIA, and we aren’t going to do the kid’s homework, so of course it got derailed. At least it’s still alive, if not kickin

MrGrimm888's avatar

The site’s overbearing hatred of all things male, is very alive, and always kickin.

yaujj48's avatar

Sorry for not responding, because I don’t know exactly know what to say.

This is not a homework question, I worded wrongly I guess.

Also this is not my opinion about the antiquity. The writers at least, during that period, don’t have high opinion on those status class like actors. So my question is whether other similar profession are treated similar to actors

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